‘Hardcore Henry’ Trailer: This First-Person POV Action Flick Looks Intense
Hardcore Henry premiered at TIFF last fall under the title Hardcore, and swiftly inspired a bidding war over distribution rights for the innovative first-person POV action flick. Directed by Ilya Naishuller and executive-produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), Hardcore takes the concept of first-person shooter video games and transforms it into one relentless, action-packed and gnarly film that’s sure to draw comparisons to RoboCop.
The new trailer for Hardcore Henry shows off the immersive and wildly violent new film, which stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) as the “you” character, a man who wakes up with no memory of who he once was and is immediately thrown into a crazy onslaught of action. Hardcore Henry is sure to be a hit with action fans and the video game crowd, combining familiar, classic elements of both formats into something that looks…pretty nuts. Here’s the full, official synopsis:
Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…
Hardcore Henry co-stars Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky, Andrey Dementyev and Dasha Charusha, and premieres at SXSW 2016 before hitting theaters on April 8.